Rotate
⌽ ⊖

Rotate (⌽
, ⊖
) is a dyadic primitive function which "rotates" the elements of the right argument around a specified axis. The name Rotate is typically used for the primitive ⌽
, which rotates along the last axis, while ⊖
, which rotates along the first axis, is called "Rotate First" or similar. APLs with function axis allow to choose a different axis from the default one. In the leading axis model, specifying an axis is discouraged in favor of using ⊖
with the Rank operator.
Rotate and Rotate First share the glyphs ⌽
and ⊖
with monadic functions Reverse and Reverse First, respectively.
Examples
The left argument is usually restricted to a scalar. Rotate on a vector right argument rotates the elements to the left, wrapping around as necessary. The left argument can be large or negative.
3⌽1 2 3 4 5 6 7
4 5 6 7 1 2 3
8⌽1 2 3 4 5 6 7
2 3 4 5 6 7 1
¯4⌽1 2 3 4 5 6 7
4 5 6 7 1 2 3
Rotate on a matrix rotates the elements around horizontally (to the left), while Rotate First does vertically (upwards).
⎕←M←3 4⍴⎕A
ABCD
EFGH
IJKL
2⌽M ⍝ Horizontally rotate twice
CDAB
GHEF
KLIJ
1⊖M ⍝ Vertically rotate once
EFGH
IJKL
ABCD
Higherrank arrays can be rotated on an arbitrary axis if function axis or Rank operator is supported:
⎕←M←2 3 4⍴⎕A
ABCD
EFGH
IJKL
MNOP
QRST
UVWX
(1⌽[1]M)(1⌽[2]M)(1⌽[3]M) ⍝ Rotate once over 1st, 2nd, or 3rd axis, using function axis
┌────┬────┬────┐
│MNOP│EFGH│BCDA│
│QRST│IJKL│FGHE│
│UVWX│ABCD│JKLI│
│ │ │ │
│ABCD│QRST│NOPM│
│EFGH│UVWX│RSTQ│
│IJKL│MNOP│VWXU│
└────┴────┴────┘
(1⊖⍤3⊢M)(1⊖⍤2⊢M)(1⊖⍤1⊢M) ⍝ Same as above, using Rotate First with Rank
┌────┬────┬────┐
│MNOP│EFGH│BCDA│
│QRST│IJKL│FGHE│
│UVWX│ABCD│JKLI│
│ │ │ │
│ABCD│QRST│NOPM│
│EFGH│UVWX│RSTQ│
│IJKL│MNOP│VWXU│
└────┴────┴────┘
Usage of nonscalar X differs between implementations. Dyalog APL allows to specify different amount of rotation for different "columns" or 1dimensional subarrays which Rotate is applied to. J allows to specify rotations for multiple leading axes at once.
⎕←M←3 4⍴⍳4
1 2 3 4
1 2 3 4
1 2 3 4
1 3 2⌽M ⍝ Rotate 1st row once, 2nd row thrice, and 3rd row twice
2 3 4 1
4 1 2 3
3 4 1 2
i.3 4
0 1 2 3
4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11
1 2.i.3 4 NB. Rotate vertically once, horizontally twice
6 7 4 5
10 11 8 9
2 3 0 1
Description
In languages with function axis, exactly one argument axis may be specified.
Rotating a scalar always yields that scalar unchanged. Otherwise, Rotate operates on a particular axis of its right argument. This axis is the specified axis if one is given, and otherwise the last axis for ⌽
, or the first axis for ⊖
.
The result array has the same shape and elements as the right argument array, but the elements cyclically move around the rotation axis. Consequently if the length of this axis is 0 or 1 then rotation has no effect.
APL model
The rotation of a vector Y
by X
units may be written in any APL, assuming ⎕IO←0
, as Y[(⍴Y)X+⍳⍴Y]
. To rotate an arbitrary array Squad indexing with axis (or rank) is helpful.
RotateAxis ← { ⍝ R ← X (K RotateAxis) Y
⎕IO←0
0=≢⍴⍵: ⍵ ⍝ Return a scalar unchanged
l ← ⍺⍺ ⌷ ⍴⍵ ⍝ Length of rotation axis
(⊂l⍺+⍳l) ⌷[⍺⍺] ⍵ ⍝ Rotate with indexing
}
External links
Lessons
Documentation
 Dyalog
 APLX
 J Dictionary, NuVoc (only firstaxis rotate exists)